Volunteer Respite Manual: Creating Valuable Options for Family Caregivers

Drawing on the experience in volunteer services among ARCH network members, ARCH’s recognized Innovative and Exemplary respite services, and Lifespan Respite grantees and their partners, this step-by-step manual will help national, state and community-based programs and faith-based initiatives assess needs, plan, and implement volunteer respite programs with special guidance on providing volunteer services during a pandemic. It will also assist Lifespan Respite grantees and partners in building respite capacity through volunteer training and recruitment. Topics include: program planning and operations; volunteer recruitment, training and management; performance measurement; policies and procedures; liability and insurance; and marketing. You can download the manual...
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As you explore the ARCH Volunteer Respite Manual, you may find that you need additional resources and information to help you plan or implement your community volunteer respite program. We have gathered samples of job descriptions, volunteer application forms, orientation checklists, volunteer interview questions, background check forms, reference forms, policies and procedures, training resources and more. This list of resources will continue to be updated and new resources added as they become available.

Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Models

To find examples of volunteer and faith-based respite services, visit ARCH's Innovative and Exemplary Respite Services, and the ARCH Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Learning Collaborative.

See also ARCH's Respite and the Faith Community and Volunteer Respite: Roadmap to Resources.

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Senior Companion Volunteer Position Descriptions

Senior Companions serve adults with physical, emotional, or mental health limitations, especially older persons, in an effort to achieve and maintain their highest level of independent living. Senior Companion volunteers…

CareBreak Volunteer Reference Form

CareBreak program volunteers provide respite to families with children who have a disability. Once matched with one particular family, the volunteer goes into the family’s home on a weekly basis…

About Me: Child Information Story

Example from Gio’s Garden

Conversations on Caregiving – Not free, but freely given

Podcast 1 – Not free, but freely given.      In this inaugural ARCH podcast in the ARCH series, Conversations on Caregiving, educator Mary Jo Alimena Caruso describes how she…

Living with COVID-19: Guide for Volunteer Programs

Webinar Slides, Administration for Community Living, April 13, 2020

Masterpiece Ministry Quiz Sample

Powerpoint presentation from Masterpiece Ministry

TimeBanking for Respite: An Innovative and Socially Just Approach to Supporting Family Caregivers

This webinar provided the historical backdrop and philosophy behind TimeBanking and began a discussion of how TimeBanks can be applied to the offering of respite care to family caregivers. Incorporated…

Partnering with AmeriCorps Seniors to Support Respite and Workforce Development

Partnering with AmeriCorps Seniors to Support Respite and Workforce Development This meeting of the Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Learning Collaborative focused on the AmeriCorps Seniors – Senior Companion Program and how it…

Ohio Lifespan Respite Volunteer Respite Expansion Mini-grants